LA Phil’s Chamber Music Society on Robert and Clara Schumann 1/30/13

January 30, 2013

We had a chamber music concert on Robert and Clara Schumann’s music on Tuesday January 29. It was a wonderful program to play and listen. I was on Clara’s Piano Trio. Other 3 pieces were Robert’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44 and Marchenbilder, Op. 113 and Clara’s Three Romances, Op. 22.

Clara was known to be a fantastic pianist, Liszt even commented her amazing talent one time, and composer. You may know about the famous love story between Clara and Robert… For instance Robert wrote so many beautiful songs in the year they got married in 1840.  He wrote so many pieces for her, she promoted his music, we often hear the sound of “Clara” in Robert’s music, like cello concerto.  I understand Clara lost her confidence after she heard Robert’s piano trio. But it is a great discovery for me to play her piano trio. I feel her beautiful mind in this piece. Also it is interesting to find she had huge hands (!) The piano part has so many 10th and big leaps, written for a big hands piano player! Brahms’ piano parts in his chamber music are known to be the same way, but I discovered Clara’s piano part is equally difficult for mid-size hands player. Some adjustment is needed for us! I have performed both Marchenbilder and Piano Quintet, and I have special feeling on those pieces. I truly love them!LA Phil musicians and guest pianists performed those pieces wonderfully. Three Romances by Clara has different feeling than our piano trio. It is very charming, light,  and cute. The form of Romance was Clara’s favorite way to compose. It is one of the last pieces she wrote before Robert’s death. I mentioned before that the period Schumanns, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Liszt were corresponding is one of my favorite musical time. I love to imagine how they were working together, inspiring, arguing, loving, supporting, influencing…. an imagination won’t stop! It was a special night for me to be a part of Schumann Chamber Music Festival!

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